Monday, April 18, 2011

This Week in History 4-18-11

April 22, 1970, the first Earth Day was celebrated in the United States. Earth Day was founded by Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin. It is a day intended to raise awareness and concern for the Earth’s natural environment and to bring the issue of environmental awareness onto the political platform. In July of the same year, the Environmental Protection Agency was established by special executive order. As of 1990, more than 200 million people in 141 countries celebrated Earth Day.
To learn more about Earth Day please visit This Day in History at History.com.

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